Monthly Archives: April 2011

Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 106 – Initiating Contact

Cooked supper for the family. Ok, I’ll admit this is a bit of a cheat as I love to barbecue. Wrote a sympathy card to a former teacher of my son’s who experienced a great loss. Also cleaned up a … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 105 – Giving The Gift Of Giving

Today was the Oregon state Destination Imagination tournament. It’s an all day event where all the DI teams from around the state come to show the results of their months of work. Although team managers are restricted from interfering with … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 104 – Struggle And Persistence

DI teams are preparing for the state tournament tomorrow. My wife and I are providing logistical and moral support. Today, I watched my son’s team struggle with putting together the final pieces of their team challenge solution. As a manager … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 103 – Sending A Message Across The Ocean

Thanks to Mercy Corps,  a Japanese child who has been affected by the disasters received a supportive message from me. This is a nice way to support to Japan. If you’d like to send a message, you can follow this … Continue reading

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Reflections On 100 Days Of Giving

I received a question after I completed 100 days of giving my time. “I’d be interested to hear, Eric, how this process has brought more abundance into your life…other than the important feeling of satisfaction for being a giver.” — … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 102 – Going Beyond A Thank You

Destination Imagination teams are rolling toward the state tournament. We’re hosting another meeting at our house tonight. Sasha Dichter brings up an excellent point, “In asking for help, you are often giving a gift to someone – exposing your own … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 101 – Another Look At Rejected Giving

A nice person was offered bus fare this morning. While I was running this morning, I stopped and offered to pay for someone’s bus fare as they waited at the bus stop. The woman smiled and said, ‘No thanks. I … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 100 – Even A Slow Drip Can Fill A Bucket

DI Meeting tonight. Kids are preparing for the state tournament on Saturday. It’s been 100 days since I resolved to give my time everyday. Please excuse the long post, but it’s worth looking back and seeing how even the smallest … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 99 – “She can’t do it.”

Cooked a big breakfast for everyone including the always-decadent bacon and pancakes. DI Meeting tonight. “He’s going to screw it up.” “She can’t do it.” I hear this every day. I have heard things like this all my life. It … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 98 – An Open Mind Opens The Door To Opportunity

Between my wife and I, we made three trips across town (Portland, OR is not small) to take our exchange student to her TOEFL test and to her weekly volunteering at OMSI. Also, our exchange student insisted that I write … Continue reading

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